Wondering if you should have dental treatment or dental cleanings during pregnancy? If so, check out Dr. Rubin, our board-certified pediatric dentist, in this article: Oral Health in Prenatal Care. While we recommend checkups at least twice a year, hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to increases in inflammation. The mildest form of this is known as "pregnancy gingivitis" and is reversible. If left untreated, however, it can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease. Periodontitis, or periodontal disease, is linked to preterm labor and low birth rate, along with a variety of other health problems, including heart disease.
Non-emergency dental care is best handled during the second trimester, but dental emergencies can arise at any time. Feel free to make an Appointment Request if you feel you need to be seen. Prevention and maintenance is the best medicine!